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Critic Reviews for Cassadaga
Anthony DiBlasi's "Cassadaga" is the state of the art in horror movie storytelling, and the state of the art is horrendous.
This eager film piles on common fears: evil puppetry, haunted homes and overly generous hosts. So despite a sloppy and humorless execution, it is scary by association.
"Cassadaga" tries to scoop up enough tropes to satisfy a wide range of potential fright fans but lacks the cohesion to ever truly be effective.
This silly throwback to the post-'Psycho' shockers of the '60s offers a sluggish giallo-like murder mystery spiked with grotesque sadism.
Attempts to leverage the horror genre in the service of inducing epiphanies, but keeps tripping over its confused tangle of genres.
Audience Reviews for Cassadaga
Throwing enough slop against the wall and you're bound to come up with something and in this case you get a pile of crap.
A solid horror film, Cassadaga features some twists even thought it never quite develops into the great horror film it might have. It features some truly twisted and original scenes that you even the most jaded horror fan will remember.
More of a suspense/mystery than your classic horror/ghost movie, Cassadaga breaks away from the J-Horror influenced ghost stories from the likes of The Ring and The Grudge. Originally, I would have renamed this film to either "Little Mary", or "Strings", but after watching through the end credits for a pleasant surprise, Cassadaga is the perfect title as long as the (hopefully) trilogy takes place. The suspense is like taffy wrapping around the viewer's head, as it should be. The mystery gives relief when it gets overbearing. The acting is spot-on, along with the directing and dialogue. If this doesn't turn into a trilogy, or at least a sequel, it will fall short of being a terrific franchise with the potential it has.
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